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Guillermo del Toro Says Hellboy III Will Be the Last

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April 24, 2008

Mike Mignola's Hellboy

Let's take a moment to focus 100% on Guillermo del Toro's upcoming Hellboy II: The Golden Army and keep all other del Toro discussion back where it belongs. Everyone should know that I'm a huge Hellboy fan and have been trying to build extra interest in the upcoming sequel this summer because I think it's going to be a phenomenal film (possibly one of the best of the year?). If that ends up being true, then the next question will be when the hell are we getting Hellboy III? I know I asked that after I saw the first Hellboy - I just knew there were so many great stories to tell in the Hellboy universe. Thankfully Guillermo is already planning a third Hellboy sequel, but demands no more after that.

Unfortunately we all know that Guillermo won't be able to make Hellboy III unless Hellboy II does very well this summer. Why is that unfortunate? Because I'm a bit worried Hellboy II is going to be quickly forgotten in the mix of much more recognizable superheroes like Iron Man and Batman. Thankfully Guillermo isn't so concerned, but he does say that if he does make a Hellboy III, it'll be the last one, no more sequels or prequels after it (thank goodness). SciFi.com caught up with del Toro at the New York Comic Con last weekend and heard the following:

"If there was ever a third one, I would really make sure that we at least sign a contract that there is no more," del Toro said in an interview at New York Comic Con last week. "No prequels and no sequels: nothing. If that happens, then there is a third one we have planned, and the seeds are planted in this film."

Although we're still 78 days out from discovering what exactly takes place in Hellboy II: The Golden Army, speculation has already begun as to the story Guillermo might focus on in Hellboy III. The comic's original creator, Mike Mignola, has a fruitful relationship with Guillermo and has worked intricately with him to develop these two films as well as numerous other projects like the animated series and the upcoming video game. Guillermo told SciFi that the third sequel would head back to the "pulp mythology of the original comic book series." Here are his ideas so far:

"The idea for me is to bring back the Nazis characters, but bring them back in a way they would operate now," del Toro said. "Meaning, what public face would the Nazis have in 2009/2010? How rich would they be? How in charge could they be? It's not this group of freakies that hide in the sewers, but people that are incredibly rich."

I love that idea, but I'm trying not to think too far ahead. Right now all I want to focus on is Hellboy II and (hopefully) how great of a movie it will be. I really love everything surrounding the Hellboy mythology and especially the B.P.R.D. (the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense). The universe Mike Mignola has created is so vivid and wonderful and I'm excited to even see how far Guillermo's imagination takes us in the second film. If you love the Hellboy universe as much as I do or just want to see Hellboy III get made, then please go out and see Hellboy II: The Golden Army in theaters on July 11th! Don't let Hellboy be forgotten this summer!

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  • Don't you think the "Pan's Labyrinth 2" previews will at least get it a decent opening (which will plummet after upper middle class moviegoers realize it is actually "Pan's Labyrinth 2"). They should have just released it as "The Golden Army"
  • Rob
    Andrew, not sure if you are the one who keeps calling "HBII" "PL2" around here, but someone else is if it's not you. Regardless, besides those preying mantis like bugs in the "HBII' trailer, that's where the comparison ends. You can just tell it's a tel Toro directed film.
  • Kyle
    del Toro has some amazing creature creation as his trademark, that does not mean people are too stupid to realize Hellboy II isn't PL II. PL was an amazing movie, plain and simple, but the Hellboy franchise is an entirely different animal and just as deserving for recognition. That being said, I have some serious doubts about some of the other superhero movies coming up this summer, so I am thinking HBII may surprise a lot of people with its box office performance. Marvel's movies are not always good, they perform okay, but with del Toro the chances are much better for an all around good movie, not just sweet special effects ala Iron Man or Hulk.
  • You make a good point Kyle, but unfortunately Marvel movies are still going to destroy the box office. Look at Spider-Man 3, most people hated it, but it still ended up at #1 last year with $336 million. Hellboy II has the least comic book movie buzz out of the 5 coming out this summer. Even Wanted has more because of Angelina Jolie... I'm hoping it surprises people, too, but I'm still very worried...! :)
  • DCompose
    Spiderman 3 was a movie designed by assholes to be watched by idiots. They called me an idiot when they tricked me into that movie. But Hellboy doesn't trick anyone. "You woke the baby." You want to know what happens after that line? He blows some shit up. Spiderman doesn't blow shit up. He talks to his aunt and smells like a basket. Hellboy's gonna come in and fuck up some monsters. I like Hellboy. I want to see him say something grizzled and then punch a bitch right in the left eye. This movie will deliver on that. This movie will deliver it like the basket Spiderman smells like.
  • I feel like they should have taken the DAREDEVIL, GHOSTRIDER approach to it and released it in February/March. Actually make a GOOD comic book movie and there it would have less competition.
  • Oh and by Good comic book movie I meant in terms of those months becuase DD and Ghost Rider sucked!
  • Spider
  • Curtis
    i really hope Hellboy 2 does well in theaters and he does make a 3rd would be great to end it in a trilogy the 1st hellboy was really good and im really looking forward to the 2nd.
  • Anthony
    I am hoping this movie will do better than I am feeling it might. Although I am an avid del Toro fan, I didn't much care for the first film. I thought it had some cool action and I really liked the Hellboy world, but it didn't do much for me. I think that some aspects of the plot were awkward and wern't introduced very well. From the trailers of HBII the creatures look amazing and I can see del Toro writen all over their design. I will definitely see this in theaters but it just seems to be lacking something I can't wait put my finger on. I really hope it does well and think it would be cool if there was a third one. I can definitely see how it has the lowest comic book buzz because from anyone I know that saw the first one, I can't remember any of them saying they liked it. Also when comparing it to Batman, Iron Man, Hulk, and others coming out this year, I think it is quite obvious that they are much more well-known and have been around a lot longer.
  • LAB
    I love HB1 and 2, but I'm a little anxious about HB3. I've got a feeling they're going to kill off Red, and that would just break my heart.

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